Meet Our Team

John EvansJohn and his nephew Shido in Kanazawa Japan

John Evans is a co-founder of Aerospace Research and Development Group, LLC (Aero RND) group living in the panhandle of Florida at Eglin AFB. His is a CAD/CAM/CAE technical specialist, well versed in structures, materials, and modular “maintenance friendly” design. Evans’ passion is aerospace, and has returned to college to complete his aerospace engineering degree.

Engineering and Technology

Evans has spent two decades focusing on CAD applications and engineering principles. He is an accomplished C++ and Lisp programmer, and his articles have been published in print and online with various publishers such as, AUGI World Magazine, and Design &  His attention turned steadily deeper in FEA and CFD principles and software.  John’s spare study time is currently filled with turbofan research and fluid dynamics.

USAF Veteran

Evans is a proud veteran of Desert Storm, serving with the 3246 FMS in the USAF as an airframe structural specialist. His time at Eglin AFB earned him advanced CNC manufacturing experience, and an expertise with aerospace metals, advanced composites, resins, fasteners and tubing with every aircraft in the Air Force inventory. Evans pursued cross training opportunities, gaining experience with numerous systems including flight controls, electronic warfare systems, and ground starting procedures.


Evans holds certifications with the USAF, NSPS, and Autodesk. In addition he is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and is proudly serving the local American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) team as their Secretary.

John “at rest”

John is a proud husband and father of two boys, speaks English and Japanese, and continues to study everything when not on a rifle range, lost in his machine shop, or at the nearest airfield. He continues the pursuit of his professional engineering certification and fixed and rotary wing pilot’s licenses.

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves”…Albert Einstein

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Scott Wertel, P.E.

Scott Wertel, P.E. is a co-founder of Aerospace Research and Development Group, LLC (AeroRND) living in sunny Mesa, Arizona. He is our principal Professional Engineer.

Aerospace and Defense

Scott has spent more than 20 years in the aerospace and defense industry, focusing mainly on operations and manufacturing.  His background includes time as a Tool Design Engineer, Project/Design Engineer, and Configuration Manager working on projects like the International Space Station, F-22, Delta IV, various commercial and military aircraft, and also shoulder launched weapon systems like the M72-LAW.  As a promise to his father and grandfather, Scott never served active duty so instead used his God given talents in other ways to serve his country and honor the brave fighting men and women that defend our freedom.

Engineering Design Software

Scott has been known to have “an unnatural affinity” towards the engineering design software industry, including: CAD, CAM, CAE, and PDM/PLM.  He has articles posted on, Develop3D, and several software vendor press/blog articles.  He has used countless engineering and design tools in production environments such as: CATIA, Unigraphics/NX, Solid Edge, Solidworks, Autodesk Fusion 360, OnShape, Pro/E, ANSYS, Femap, MathCAD, Keyshot, Teamcenter, and more.  Scott maintains proficiency in Solid Edge, Fusion 360, OnShape, and would love to learn MSC Apex.


Scott is a registered Professional Engineer in the great state of Arizona.  He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA), and Engineers for Change (E4C).

Scott “at rest”

Yeah right, I have kids.  When I’m not working full time, building a business with my partner John, I’m busy performing the intricate ballet with my wife juggling the kids’ extra curricular activities.   When I find free time, I’m studying martial arts, playing drums for my local church, and am determined to get back into the left seat.

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.” –Abraham Lincoln

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